Checklist for buying a house
Download our simple checklist and make sure you don't miss a key detail when inspecting and buying a house.
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When buying a house, a checklist can help guide you and make sure you're on the right track. During your search you'll likely look at a variety of different homes, and it can be tough to keep straight in your head which properties made what impression. That's why we've created a home buying checklist.
You can print copies of the checklist from the link below, and take it with you to inspections.
- Do you have a sufficient deposit saved?
- Have you researched suburbs and properties?
- Have you budgeted for repayments, including a buffer in case interest rates should rise?
- Have you compared home loan products and providers?
- Have you gotten home loan pre-approval?
- Is it close to infrastructure such as train stations or bus stops?
- Is it close to hospitals and schools?
- Is the neighbourhood safe?
- Is it reasonably quiet?
- Is it flood or bushfire prone?
- What are the local council regulations around renovations or extensions?
- Is the exterior of the house in good condition, free from cracks or defects?
- Is the roof in good condition?
- Are the windows and doors in good condition?
- Are the gutters and downpipes in good condition?
- Is the property connected to electricity and sewer?
- Does the land provide sufficient space for additions?
- Is the property fenced, and is the fencing in good condition?
- Are the walls in good condition, free from holes or cracks?
- Is there any sign of mould or damp?
- Are the floors level and undamaged?
- Are there sufficient power points?
- Is all plumbing in good working order?
- What appliances and furnishings are included in the contract, and are they in working order?
- Are there telephone, cable and/or Internet connections?
Contract and title
- Is the title free from encumbrances?
- Does the contract contain any special conditions?
- Does the vendor accept a deposit bond?
- What happens in the case of a delayed settlement?
Need more help? Check out these helpful guides and videos
- In-depth home buying guide
- Your guide to first home owners grants
- Stamp duty explained
- Your home buying questions answered